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Disciplinary Actions — 7/11/2018

July 11, 2018

Indiana Lawyer Disciplinary ActionsThe Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission brings charges against attorneys who have violated the state’s rules for admission to the bar and Rules of Professional Conduct. The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications brings charges against judges, judicial officers, or judicial candidates for misconduct. Details of attorneys’ and judges’ actions for which they are being disciplined by the Supreme Court will be included unless they are not a matter of public record under the court’s rules.

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REINSTATEMENT

Kentucky attorney Franklin S. Yudkin was reinstated to the practice of law in Indiana per a June 19 order. Yudkin was suspended for 90 days without automatic reinstatement on December 8, 2016, for filing a baseless defamation lawsuit. He petitioned for reinstatement on May 11, 2017. A hearing officer recommended reinstatement on May 14, 2018.

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SUSPENSIONS

Adams County attorney Jill N. Holtzclaw was suspended from the practice of law immediately per a June 19 order for noncooperation with the investigation of a grievance. Holtzclaw faces two charges of Level 6 felony counterfeiting for allegedly forging a judge’s name to a phony order in a divorce case and sending emails to an expungement client’s widow posing as a deputy prosecutor. Hotlzclaw is assessed the $513.55 cost of prosecuting the disciplinary proceeding.

Hamilton County attorney Bradley C. Crosley was suspended from the practice of law for 30 days, with automatic reinstatement, per a June 19 published order approving statement of circumstances and conditional agreement for discipline. The suspension is effective July 31. Crosley failed to reasonably consult with a client, assisted in the unauthorized practice of law, and permitted a person who recommends, employs or pays the lawyer to render legal services for another to direct or regulate the lawyer’s professional judgment. Crosley is assessed the costs of the proceeding.

Marion County attorney Douglas L. Krasnoff was suspended for two years for practicing law while suspended. Krasnoff was retained and collected fees while suspended by a mother seeking to release her son from an involuntary commitment and was unable to access the son’s records while suspended. Krasnoff is assessed the costs of the proceeding.•

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